Review — Stash Holiday Chai

Name: Holiday Chai Brand: Stash Tea Type: Black tea, flavored Form: Paper tea bags, individually wrapped. Review: Another holiday, another chai. Since the stuff got popular back in the nineties, it seems like every tea company has a full line of chais in its range and issues additional versions during winter holiday time. I don’t …

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Holiday Tea Gift Ideas, Part 2

Here are some more holiday tea gift ideas for the different types of tea-drinkers on your list. If the recipient doesn't really fit a certain type, you can seldom go wrong by giving him or her a selection of teas, a teapot or a tea mug. Tea lovers always enjoy having a good supply of …

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Review — Stash Organic MerryMint Green Tea

Name: Organic MerryMint Green Tea (included in Stash Tea’s Gold Box Gift Set) Brand: Stash Type: Green tea, flavored Form: Paper bagged tea Review: Deck the halls with boughs of wintergreen! Yes, this tea has both spearmint and peppermint added, but they barely make any impact on this blend. If you like the cold, bracing …

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Green Tea for the Holidays

Green is one of the dominant colors for the holidays (red being the other), so why not for your tea, too? Several choices spring to mind, teas that I have tried and grown quite fond of during the past year. The first green tea that I think of now is Chai Green (a green tea …

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Holiday Tea Gift Ideas, Part 1

If you are indecisive about your gift list, don't despair. Here are some tea-related gift ideas for everyone from tea newbies to aficionados plus folks with special circumstances. Let me know how these work for you! 1. The Patient: A friend has just been told by her doctor to eliminate caffeine because of health problems. …

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Holiday-Colored Teawares

It’s that time of year when brightly colored teawares in your favorite holiday colors abound. Conjure up your favorite winter holiday image: snowmen, poinsettias, Christmas trees, candy canes, etc. Believe it or not, you’ll be able to find a mug, cup, teapot, or other teaware sporting that image. And many more! What better way to …

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Chais for the Holidays

I love chai — I love the winter holiday season — so it’s natural to have chais for the holidays! Well, actually, chai is good anytime. It just seems to be especially good this time of year. All that chilly weather and those leaves putting on their color show and then drifting into piles on …

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Mince Pie Mania

Mince pie mania has set in at our house. One of the best things about the winter holidays — and that gets our hearts to beating a bit faster — is the reappearance of mince pies on the market. My first mince pie memories are from childhood. My father would cut a quarter section out …

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The Absent-Minded Tea Drinker

Rush, rush, rush — especially during the holidays, and if one tends to be a bit absent-minded anyway, teatime can be somewhat surprising and challenging. Tea preparation is a fairly orderly business. Certain steps are required in a certain order. The steps and the order might vary by the type and specific tea being prepared. …

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“Frightful” Tea Treats

What’s a Halloween teatime without “frightful” treats? For one thing, it’s not very Halloweenish. I mean, after all, the whole point is to get at least a little shiver going up and down your spine, right? Then, you gulp some tea and get all warmed up again. Ah! You basically have two choices here: buy …

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